Project title: Documentation of Reflection of Actions for Learning (ReAL) on the Inclusion and develop resiliency of Dalit for diversifying their livelihoods in local community forestry groups in Nepal
Name of client: Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme
Duration: October 2012- October 2014
Area Coverage: Lalitpur, Nawalparasi and Parbat Districts
Main features of the project/assignment: Research, reflection and action
Summary of the Project: The general objective is to demonstrate the ways, means and methods for the inclusion of Dalit in local community forestry groups for employment, representation, material benefits and services from the organizations and ways to develop socio-economic resiliency in the context of climate change risk as Dalit of Nepal are considered the most vulnerable group posing climate change risk on diversifying their livelihoods.
The specific objectives of the ReAL is to document the learning of the efforts made for the inclusion of Dalit and hence their level of participation in different local institutions particularly in local community forestry groups and in benefits (both direct and indirect benefits) generated and employment created through these institutions.
To find out the level of inclusiveness of Dalit in local forestry groups ( e.g. CFUG, Public land group, collaborative forest management group,leasehold forestry usergroups LHFGs and buffer zone CFUGs) in terms of the coverage of Dalit pockets by the programme, membership in the groups and leadership in committee various positions and explore the upsetting factors for effective participation, inclusion as social capital formation;
To examine the access to resources and benefit of Dalit community especially practice pattern of benefit distribution goods and services of forest in terms of physical capital (forest products), human capital formation (training and scholarship opportunities), financial capital (loans, jobs, credit, enterprise, business) and natural capital (access to forest land, fodder and food cultivation etc. in communal land);
To understand local rules and norms for equitable governance practices in local forestry groups especially fair, justifiable and meaningful participation of Dalit in decision making processes for developing their resiliency and
To analyse the forestry sector’s strategies, policies and plans, legal provisions, rules, operational guidelines and the provision and practice of services offered by Government Organization (GOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in relation to Dalit inclusion.